Update (April 2021)
The Individual Training Account (ITA) scheme will now remain open until 28 February 2022 or until 28,000 applications have been accepted, whichever comes first.
Individuals who are unemployed or earn £22,000 or under, including furloughed workers, can access training to build their confidence in gaining employment.
Existing social service workers can also apply for funding, for example there may be a course you want to go on to help you progress in your current role.
ITAs are available to help you develop skills for work. If you meet the eligibility criteria you can get up to £200 towards a single training course or training episode per year. And because it’s not a loan, the money doesn’t need to be paid back.
Skills Development Scotland (SDS) administer ITAs.
What can I use an ITA for?
ITAs are most useful for smaller courses which cost around £200. This can include online courses, individual units from SVQs or Professional Development Awards, like PDA Health and Social Care Supervision at SCQF level 7.
Courses need to be approved by SDS and you can see a list of approved courses on My World of Work.
If you can’t find a suitable course, try contacting a college or training centre for advice about what’s available near you.
If you’re a training provider interested in offering an approved course you can find out more on the training providers page of the Skills Development Scotland website.
Am I eligible?
ITA funding could be right for you if you're:
- aged 16 or over
- not in education or involved in any other SDS funded programme
- unemployed and seeking employment
- employed and earning less than £22,000 per year
- resident in Scotland.
Remember, you don’t need to be in work to apply. You might find an ITA useful if you want to develop knowledge and skills before applying for jobs in social services.
Can I use the ITA for SVQs and other qualifications for SSSC registration?
You can put £200 from an ITA towards the cost of a full qualification, like an SVQ. However, there are other funding options available which may be better suited. You should find out if you are eligible for these before applying for the ITA.
- Part Time Fee Grant from Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) – you would apply for this with support from your training provider. SVQs at SCQF levels 7, 9 and 10, HNCs (part time) and some PDAs can attract funding. Visit the SAAS website https://www.saas.gov.uk/part-time to learn more or read our SSSC news article about the grant.
- Apprenticeship funding from SDS – if you need to complete an SVQ you could ask your training provider if they can offer you an apprenticeship. Funding is available for all ages, though rates will vary. Read our recent article to find out more about apprenticeships. If you don’t have a training provider yet, ask your employer to help you find one which is also registered as a Modern Apprenticeship Centre. You can find centres using the search tool at https://www.apprenticeships.scot/
- Funding for full time study is different. If you’re doing a full time course, you’ll get advice at the institution where you’re studying about what’s available. You can also find about full time higher education funding from SAAS on their website at https://www.saas.gov.uk/
We’ve got more information about funding in our careers website’s Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). Read the FAQs at https://learn.sssc.uk.com/careers/faqs/
If you have a question that isn’t answered in our FAQs you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org